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At each end of Pacific, skepticism over China farm purchases

By JOSH FUNK, PAUL WISEMAN and JOE McDONALD AP Business Writers OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — President Donald Trump likes to joke that America's farmers have a nice problem on their hands: They're going to need bigger tractors to keep up with surging Chinese demand for their soybeans and other ...

Trump warns of ‘carnage’ in rebel stronghold in Syria

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump is speaking out against the "carnage" involving thousands of civilians in a rebel stronghold in Syria. In a tweet Thursday, Trump wrote: "Russia, Syria, and Iran are killing, or on their way to killing, thousands of innocent civilians in Idlib ...

Court rules Turkey violated freedoms by banning Wikipedia

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's highest court on Thursday ruled in favor of Wikipedia, saying the Turkish government's two-year ban on the online encyclopedia constitutes a violation of freedom of expression, the state-run news agency reported. Turkey blocked Wikipedia in April 2017, accusing ...

Iraq president rejects Iran-backed prime minister nominee

By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA Associated Press BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's president refused on Thursday to designate a prime minister candidate nominated by the Iran-backed parliamentary bloc, plunging the country into further political uncertainty amid nearly three months of unprecedented mass protests. ...

‘Nuts!’ US troops thwarted Hitler’s last gamble 75 years ago

By RAF CASERT Associated Press BASTOGNE, Belgium (AP) — Pvt. Arthur Jacobson was seeking cover in the snow behind a tank moving slowly through the wooded hills of Belgium's Ardennes, German bullets whizzing by. That was when he lost his best friend and Bazooka team partner to sniper fire. ...

UK’s Johnson claims Brexit mandate as Tories secure majority

By JILL LAWLESS, DANICA KIRKA and MIKE CORDER Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservative Party has won a thumping majority of seats in Britain's Parliament — a decisive outcome to a Brexit-dominated election that should allow Johnson to fulfill his plan to ...

Opioid billed as `safer’ is abused widely around the world

By EMILY SCHMALL and CLAIRE GALOFARO Associated Press KAPURTHALA, India (AP) — Reports rolled in with escalating urgency — pills seized by the truckload, pills swallowed by schoolchildren, pills in the pockets of dead terrorists. These pills, the world has been told, are safer than the ...

China says trade deal with US must be ‘mutually beneficial’

By JOE McDONALD and PAUL WISEMAN AP Business Writers BEIJING (AP) — Expectations for a U.S.-Chinese trade truce rose Friday, though Beijing accused Washington of unfairly attacking its economy and said a settlement to their costly, 17-month-old conflict must be "mutually beneficial." A ...

Tokyo being billed as ‘Recovery Olympics’ — but not for all

By MARI YAMAGUCHI and STEPHEN WADE Associated Press FUTABA, Japan (AP) — The torch relay for the Tokyo Olympics will kick off in Fukushima, the northern prefecture devastated almost nine years ago by an earthquake, tsunami and the subsequent meltdown of three nuclear reactors. They'll also ...

Mexican president prays with family of dead US dual citizens

By MARK STEVENSON Associated Press MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador prayed for the safety of the country with the relatives of nine U.S. dual citizens slaughtered in northern Mexico last month and assured them "at least four" suspects have been detained, a ...